Moving from elementary - science or math?

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  1. lilune2

    lilune2 New Member

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    I have been teaching in elementary for 9 years (6 years kindergarten, 3 years 3rd) and would like to move to middle school. I have been trying to decide between science and math because I like them both. Any opinions or advice?
     
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    You may like them both, but if you have more undergrad courses in one over the other, that could tip the scales. Add to that grades earned for those courses. Finally, if you had choose one, and you could never teach another content once the choice was made, in your heart of hearts, without overthinking it, which would get the nod? Either will provide a job, but there is a lots more hands on and inquiry with science, IMHO. That gives you a fighting chance of teaching a content that students will truly warm up to. I find the constant research and the applications that are almost constant to be exciting in science. That is what drives me, but maybe it wouldn't do the same for you. It seems that many students see math as a chore, but science can be constantly evolving and engaging. For me it was a no-brainer. I am sure that math enthusiasts will present a different view.
     
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    Another consideration is standardized testing. In my state, math is tested in grades 3-8, but science is only tested in 6th (and it doesn't really factor into any school scores or teacher evaluations). I had a student teacher the beginning of this semester who is obtaining both math and science licensing in middle school, but has already decided he wants to focus on science.
     
  5. Baroness

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    Both subjects are good in my opinion!
     

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